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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2006
End Date: Spring Semester 2012

Geography - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (GEOBS)

PROFESSOR KARL S. ZIMMERER, Head 

Geographers describe, analyze, and explain patterns of physical and human phenomena on the Earth's surface. Geography is simultaneously an environmental science and a social-behavioral science. This major helps provide grounding in analytical techniques such as map reading, cartography, and statistics. Substantive course work investigates the ways people use environmental resources and how they arrange themselves and their economic, social, and political activities on the Earth's surface.

The Geography major can provide preparation for a career in business, industry, or government. Geographers with bachelor's degrees are currently being placed in federal, state, and local administrative and planning agencies and in private firms that specialize in planning and development or in environmental and socioeconomic analysis.

GENERAL OPTION: This option is designed to serve the needs of students who want to learn about the various topics and perspectives that comprise the discipline of geography. The General option is appropriate both for students who intend to pursue postgraduate degrees and for students who want to emphasize a topic for which no option exists.

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE OPTION: This option helps prepare students for entry-level positions in public and private mapping/remote sensing agencies and firms. The student may specialize in one or all of the areas covered in the option. This option is appropriate for students intending to pursue advanced degrees with specialization in these fields.

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY OPTION: This option is appropriate for students who want a broad understanding of the earth and environmental sciences in preparation for careers in industry, commerce, and government. The option is designed to develop competence in description, analysis, explanation, and management of problems arising from human use of natural resources and natural systems.

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY OPTION: This option is appropriate for students who want to study Economic Geography and Political Economy; Urban Development and Planning; History, Culture, and Politics; and Nature, Society, and Culture, applying geographical analysis to development opportunities and problems.

Geography courses satisfying the United States Cultures and International Cultures requirement: GEOG 020 GS;US;IL(3), GEOG 040 GS;IL(3), GEOG 120 GS;US;IL(3), GEOG 123 GS;IL(3), GEOG 124 GS;IL(3), GEOG 126 GS;US;IL(3), GEOG 128 GS;IL(3), GEOG 420Y US;IL(3), GEOG 424Y US;IL(3), GEOG 426 IL(3), and GEOG 427 US;IL(3).

Geography courses satisfying the Writing requirement: GEOG 423Y US(3), GEOG 438W(3), GEOG 424Y US;IL(3), GEOG 420Y US;IL(3), GEOG 461W(3), GEOG 412W(3), GEOG 310W(3), and GEOG 411W(3). All students must satisfactorily complete at least one writing-intensive course in Geography.

For the B.S. degree in Geography, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 11 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 76 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 46 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (28 credits)
EM SC 100S GWS(3)[71] (Sem: 1-2)
GEOG 010 GN(3)[1], GEOG 020 GS;US;IL(3)[1], GEOG 030 GS;IL(3)[1], GEOG 040 GS;IL(3), GEOG 160 GS(3), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
GEOG 301(3), GEOG 364(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 6 credits from: MATH 017 GQ(3), MATH 018 GQ(3), MATH 021 GQ(3), MATH 022 GQ(3), MATH 026 GQ(3), MATH 040 GQ(5), MATH 041 GQ(3-4), MATH 110 GQ(4), MATH 111 GQ(2), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 140A GQ(6), or MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
Select 3 credits from: GEOG 110 GN(3)[1], GEOG 111 GN(3)[1], or GEOG 115 GN(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
Select 3 credits from: GEOG 126 GS;US;IL(3)[1], GEOG 122 GH;US(3), GEOG 123 GS;IL(3), GEOG 120 GS;US;IL(3)[1], GEOG 124 GS;IL(3), GEOG 128 GS;IL(3), or GEOG 130 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)

Select 3 credits of EM SC 300 or GEOG 495 in any combination (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 30 credits

GENERAL OPTION: (30 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES 6 credits
GEOG 333(3), GEOG 363(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)
Select 3 credits from GEOG 310W(3), GEOG 313(3), GEOG 430(3), or GEOSC 340(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 3 credits from GEOG 420Y US;IL(3), GEOG 423Y US(3), GEOG 426 US;IL(3), or GEOG 429 US;IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 3 credits from GEOG 361(3), GEOG 362(3), or GEOG 464(3)

Select 15 credits from all remaining 300- and 400-level GEOG courses (Sem: 5-8)

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE OPTION: (30 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
GEOG 361(3), GEOG 362(3) (Sem: 3-6)
GEOG 363(3), GEOG 464(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 6 credits from GEOG 461W(3) or GEOG 463(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from GEOG 467(3), GEOG 468(3), or GEOG 485 (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from GEOG 461W(3), GEOG 463(3), GEOG 467(3), GEOG 468(3), GEOG 485(3), or GEOG 495G(3) (Sem: 5-8)

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY OPTION: (30 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
GEOG 310W(3), GEOG 311(3), GEOG 313(3) and GEOSC 340(3), GEOG 333(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 6 credits from GEOG 110 GN(3), GEOG 111 GN(3), or GEOG 115 GN(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 9 credits from GEOG 411(3), GEOG 412W(3), GEOG 417(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOG 438W(3), or GEOG 493(3) (Sem: 5-8)

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY OPTION: (30 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (30 credits)

Select 3 credits from three of the following four groups; 3 credits from a fourth group must match the 100-level Human Geography course taken above:

GEOG 126 GS;US;IL(3), GEOG 123 GH;US(3), or GEOG 130 GS(3);

GEOG 120 GS;US;IL(3);

GEOG 122 GH;US(3), GEOG 124 GS;IL(3), or GEOG 128 GS;IL(3);

GEOG 124 GS;IL(3), GEOG 128 GS;IL(3) or GEOG 130 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)

Select 21 credits from the following courses: GEOG 323(3), GEOG 333(3), GEOG 420Y US;IL(3), GEOG 423Y US(3), GEOG 424Y US;IL(3), GEOG 425 US(3), GEOG 426Y US;IL(3), GEOG 427 US;IL(3), GEOG 428 US(3), GEOG 429 US;IL(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 436(3), GEOG 439(3), GEOG 440(3), GEOG 444(3), or GEOG 493(3).

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[71] The following substitutions are allowed for students attending campuses where the indicated course is not offered: CAS 100 GWS or ENGL 202C GWS can be substituted for EM SC 100S GWS.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-06-196

Review Date: 4/11/06

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Publications updated department head: 9/2/08 

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